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Courses Archive 2003 - 2005

Political Science (POL SCI)

0400. Symposium in Political Science (3 s.h)

Required of all M.A. candidates. Development of political science as a field; analyzes issues in philosophy of social science; examines key concepts and approaches to major fields in political science.

0401. Political Statistics I. (3 s.h)

Required of all M.A. and Ph.D. candidates. This course will provide some of the fundamentals necessary to analyze quantitative social science data competently and to consume and produce research based on such data. The focus will be on techniques for describing samples of data and for drawing valid inferences about the world from which the data come. The course will emphasize the logic of statistics, the selection of appropriate statistics, and the limitations of statistical analysis, not formulas and proofs. The course will assume no prior work in statistics. Mathematical skills at the level of high school algebra will be required; if necessary, we will spend some time brushing up those skills. Examples and applications will be drawn mainly from political science, but students from other disciplines will be welcome.

0404. Teaching Methods (1 s.h)

Required of all Ph.D. candidates. Offered once each year, normally in the fall semester. No student will be awarded financial assistance for a second year without having successfully completed this course.

0405. Qualitative Research Methods (3 s.h)

Required of all Ph.D. candidates. This course provides students with a basis for properly designing and undertaking qualitative research in Political Science. Some questions that guide the course include: How do political scientists formulate important and interesting questions for investigation? What should good theories look like? How should theories and hypotheses guide the kind of data that is collected and how can data be used to adjust theories and hypotheses? How can obstacles to making valid descriptive and causal inferences be overcome? What alternative ways exist to design studies and what are the advantages and disadvantages of each? What practical obstacles exist in executing empirical research and how can they be overcome?

0410. The Role of Government in American Society (core seminar) (3 s.h)

Required of all MA and PhD candidates. Survey of major questions and themes in American politics concerning political power and governance in the U.S. Specific topics include political culture and ideology, public opinion, elections and representation and their effects; the functioning of U.S. political institutions and their impacts on public policy.

0412. American Presidency (3 s.h)

An examination of the persuasion and command powers as well as the policy process of the American Presidency. Special attention is given to what the Constitution, the statutes, and the courts say about Presidential power and the President's role in domestic and foreign policy outcomes.

0414. Legislative Behavior (3 s.h)

Analysis and research on legislatures, legislators, and the legislative process at national, state, and local levels. Focus on legislative decision-making.

0417. Public Law (3 s.h)

Advanced study and research in the American constitutional system and recent Constitutional development.

0418. Civil Rights and Liberties (3 s.h)

Advanced study and research in American Civil Rights and Liberties with emphasis on recent developments.

0421. The American Party System (3 s.h)

Study and research in selected phases of the American Party system.

0427. Urban Politics (3 s.h)

Core seminar in urban politics. Introduces the major schools of thought that have structured urban inquiry including: power elite, pluralist, Marxist and political economy. Examines underlying assumptions of each school of thought and respective analyses of power, in particular how power is structured; where it is located; and how it is used. Examines the implications of these various perspectives for urban politics, policy, governance, and ultimately, democracy.

0429. The Politics of Race and Class in America (3 s.h)

Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course examines how race and class have influenced urban development with a particular focus on the impact on spatial arrangements, employment opportunitiees, and residential patternings.

0430. Community Based Research (3 s.h)

0431. Critique of American Government (3 s.h)

A critical examination of the operation of American Government or of the way in which political scientists study the American polity. Focus varies with member of the faculty who offers this course.

0438. Topics in American Politics (3 s.h)

Focus varies with individual members of the faculty who offer this course.

0439. Issues in American Politics (3 s.h)

Focus varies with interest of individual members of the faculty who offer this course.

0440. Comparative Politics (core seminar) (3 s.h)

Required of all MA and PhD. candidates. A survey of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives used in the comparative study of political systems throughout the world. Issues include state, class, development, authortarianism, regime change and democratization, dynamics of reform and revolution, and policy making in industrial welfare states.

0441. Comparative Politics: Western Nations (3 s.h)

This course utilizes a comparative perspective to introduce students to the contemporary political phenomena (issues, political developments, challenges, etc.) confronting advanced post-industrial states and the theories develpoed to explain these phenomena. The primary empirical focus is on Europe, but much of the reading covers the United States as well.

0442. Comparative Politics: Developing Nations (3 s.h)

Introduction to the central ideas and forces of political and eocnomic change in latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Explores various lapproaches in social theory and political science that have framed important questions about "development" and "modernization". Also explores specific themes including state formation, cultural dynamics, regime change, and international political economy.

0448. Topics in Comparative Politics

Special topics course. Focus varies with individual faculty.

0460. International Politics (core seminar) (3 s.h)

Required of all MA and PhD candidates. A general survey of the theoretical literature in international politics. Core course in the area.

0461. United States Foreign Policy (3 s.h)

A study of historical and contemporary U.S. foreign relations, including theoretical discussions.

0462. Foreign Policy Analysis (3 s.h)

A comparative examination of the internal and external determinants of foreign policy in select states throughout the world.

0463. International Law and Organization (3 s.h)

Prerequisite: PS 460 or permission of the instructor.

Analyzes contemporary international organizations within the framework of the international legal order.

0465. International Negotiation (3 s.h)

An examination of the theory and process of international negotiation involving both bilateral and multilateral efforts. Cases will be drawn from such negotiating areas as arms control, international political conflicts, international trade, and environmental issues.

0467. International Political Economy (3 s.h)

Introduction to the theory and history of international political economy. Topics include trade and monetary relations, foreign investment, transnational corporations, international economic institutions and the global information economy.

0480. Introduction to Political Theory (core seminar) (3 s.h)

Required of all Ph.D. candidates. Introduction to some of the leading texts of Western political theory in pursuit of an understanding of the nature of the political and the activity of theorizing. Situates political knowledge within the broader horizon of such questions as whether and to what extent one can coherently demarcate between scientific and non-scientific approaches to knowledge. Some of the major cateogoreis of politial analysis such as power, authority, equaltiy, liberty, democracy and just ics will be placed in alternative theoretical perspectives.

0481. History of Political Theory I: Ancient and Medieval Political Theory (3 s.h)

Examines on a rotating basis key texts of ancient political thought, as well as key political philosophical texts from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian Middle Ages. Explores the affinities and dissoances between theological and political theoretical patterns of argument and the intertwined skein of theoretical and historical relationships betwenn Western monotheism and Western political thought and practice.

0482. History of Political Theory II: Modern Political Philosophy3 s.h. (3 s.h)

Examines on a rotating basis key texts of modern political philosophy from Machiavelli to Hobbes Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Derrida, Levinas, Foucault, and Deleuze. The tradtional historical periodization schemes of ancient, medieval, early modern, Enlightenment, late modern or post-modern will be critically scrutinized and interrogated.

0484. 19th and 20th Century Political Philosophy (3 s.h)

Traces in the literature of political theory the formation and unraveling of "modernity". Texts by Kant, Hegel, Marx, John Stuart Mill, Neitzche, Adorno, Oakeshott, and Levinas (among others) will be analyzed and their relationship to the larger themes of the course explored

0485. Contemporary Theories of Democracy (3 s.h)

Endeavors to bring historical and theoretical perspectives to bear on the questions of the formation and structure of democracy. Where does democracy come from? Has it always been with us as an expression of a natural human need and conception? Have the justifications of it and the understandings of what it is evolved over different historical epochs? Do we give our allegiance to democracy because it enshrines certain truths or becuase it is the most compelling way to proceed in a climate of only limited knowledge? The seminar also considers different types of democracy and their prospects in the "late-modern" world.

0500. Public Policy (core seminar) (3 s.h)

A survey of philosophical and theoretical approaches to the study of public with an emphasis on the role of ideas, belief systems and science.

0505. National Public Policy (3 s.h)

Explores contemporary U.S. public policy and developing agendas in several salient areas by way of noteworthy recent texts employing varied research methods and theoretical perspectives.

0506. Urban Public Policy (3 s.h)

Explores key areas of urban public policy, such as race, housing, poverty, community development and education. Examines the political, social, institutional and cultural factors that shape the policy making context and ultimately the policies themselves. Interdisciplinary approach using readings from political science, sociology, economics, planning and social history. Covers major research conducted on policy areas and central debates surrounding them.

0507. Politics, the Economy, and Public Policy (3 s.h)

Examines major aspects of government involvement in the economy with attention to salient problems facing the U.S. economy and the public policies intended to address them.

0520. Politics, Organization and Bureaucracy (3 s.h)

Analyzes the internal dynamics and external relations of organizations and bureaucracies. Emphasis on power and authority, decision making, institutionalization, inter-organizational relations, and the influence of organizations on politics, policy and society.

0799. Preliminary Exam Preparation (1-6 s.h)

The purpose of such credit is to assure continuous enrollment as required by the University while one is preparing for Ph.D. comprehensive examinations. A grade of "R" is awarded the student by the Graduate Chair or appropriate other faculty designated by the Chair of the Department.

0899. Pre-Dissertation Research (1-6 s.h)

The purpose of such credit is to assure continuous enrollment as required by the University if a student chooses to spend one semester after their Ph.D. comprehensive exams preparing for their next semester's Ph.D. dissertation proposal reading course and proposal defense. Normally, the Ph.D. candidate takes PS 951/952 (Dissertation Proposal Preparation/Defense) in the term immediately after passing their exam. But they do have the option of taking the course one semester after they pass their comprehensive exams, provided that they execute a completed dissertation proposal within one year of their having passed their comprehensive exams.

0900. Academic Preparation and Career Planning (1 s.h)

Registration credit only; no letter gradeMandatory for Ph.D. students in Political Science, it should be taken no earlier than the last semester of Ph.D. course work. It deals with planning and writing dissertations, writing and publishing professional papers, panel participation, and preparation for the Ph.D. preliminary examinations. Also included are career orientation, job searching, resumé preparation, and opportunities for postgraduate fellowships and further study.

0951. Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 s.h)

Required for PhD. candidates. Three credits are required to be taken in the semester that the Ph.D. student advances to candidacy by preparing their dissertation prospectus through a reading course with their primary dissertation supervisor.Class offered in the fall semester.

0952. Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3 s.h)

Three credits are required to be taken in the semester that the Ph.D. student advances to candidacy by preparing their dissertation prospectus through a reading course with their primary dissertation supervisor. Class offered in the spring semester.

0953. Ph.D. Dissertation Supervision (3-12 s.h)

Fall semester. A grade of "R" is awarded upon completion of this course.

0954. Ph.D. Dissertation Supervision (3-12 s.h)

Spring semester. A grade of "R" is awarded upon completion of this course. The "R" grade may be converted to a regular letter grade (A, B, C, F) or remain an "R" grade on transcripts of Ph.D. students who have completed the dissertation at the discretion of the student's faculty adviser.

0980. Directed Study and Research (1-3 s.h)

Fall semester. Special study/research with a professor outside of a regularly scheduled course. A letter grade of A, B, C, or F is awarded. A student may register for this course only with the advance approval of the pertinent faculty member and the Graduate Chair.

0981. Directed Study and Research (1-3 s.h)

Spring semester. Same as under 980.

0982. Directed Study and Research (1-3 s.h)

Summer I semester. Same as under 980.

0983. Directed Study and Research (1-3 s.h)

Summer II semester. Same as under 980.

0999. Continuing Study (1 s.h)

Fall or spring credit for registration purposes only. The purpose of such credit is to assure continuous enrollment as required by the University while one is preparing for M.A. or Ph.D. comprehensive examinations.